A lot of guys at my gym use suspension trainers. What's the benefit?—Brian P. Glen Cove, NY
Suspension trainers—ropes and webbing that allow you to work against your body weight—can improve your balance and flexibility while also building muscle throughout the body. The value over traditional gear is more activation of your stabilizer muscles and more core involvement. “Remember that the steeper the angle your body’s at when using a suspension trainer, the easier the exercise will be,” says Men’s Fitness training director Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S. “The more parallel your body gets with the floor, the more challenging it becomes.”
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